Skip Navigation Links
M.Sc. Zoology


M.Sc. Zoology is designed to meet the challenges presented by the rapidly changing world. Zoology is an interdisciplinary field that involves the scientific learning of all facets of animal life ranging from microscopic single-celled organisms to complex multicellular organisms. Zoology plays an important part in food security, human resource development, environmental conservation, sustainable development and eventually in mitigation of poverty. The aim of the M.Sc. Program is to prepare the students to conduct experiments and projects using scientific methods and instrumentation, and to solve problems in the domain of Zoology so that they may play vital role for the betterment of the country.

Program Objectives

  • To provide theoretical and practical knowledge of Zoological aspects required for professional activities in the field and labs.
  • To develop the spirit to conserve resources and love for nature.
  • To train students with the modern techniques to conduct work related to biodiversity, environment, wild life, water quality and molecular aspects etc. through research based projects.
  • To enhance the skills of the students so that they may be able to disseminate research results through publication and persuasive presentations.
  • To produce qualified researchers, college/school teachers, trainers and consultants in the domain of Zoology.

Admission Eligibility Criteria

Candidates having Bachelor’s degree (14-year education) i.e. B.Sc. 2-year program with Zoology or any other related/ equivalent subject with at least 45% marks in annual system or CGPA of at least 2.00 out of 4 in semester system are eligible to apply.
  • Only local students are eligible for admission as it is not available in overseas mode.
  • Zero Semester is not applicable for M.Sc. Zoology Program.
  • Limited seats on merit basis.

Merit Calculation Formula for session Spring 2022

a) For Annual System:

b) For Semester System:


It is a two-year duration program spread over four semesters. Each semester has at least 18 weeks duration.
Degree Completion Duration

Courses of Study

Click here  to View Study Scheme

(Note: If the schedule of courses pursued by a candidate does not provide adequate background for the degree course, which he/she intends to take up, he/she may be required to make up the deficiency by taking one or more additional course (s) of deficiency or as may be prescribed by the University).

Assessment of Study Progress

The students’ study progress evaluation mechanism is based on continuous assessment throughout the semester by giving assignments, quizzes, Graded Discussion Boards (GDBs), academic papers, seminars, mid-term and final term examinations.

Courses (s) Practicals:

Participation in practical classes of a course(s) will be compulsory for a student to qualify respective course(s). Each student will participate in practical classes at the VU designated lab cities which were allocated at the time of admission. List of the VU Lab cities is published on VU website link >> Home >> Admission Schedule

Note: The University admits students of Biological sciences programs on merit as per the available seats against each lab city during the admission session. Once a student is admitted against a particular lab preference then he/she will not be allowed to change his/her lab city after admission.

Thesis (Optional):

The students are required to submit a Research Thesis worth 6-credit hours. The choice of the thesis is at the student’s discretion. However, consultation with the student advisor is compulsory. Students have to submit a detailed write-up of the thesis and in some cases may be required to give a presentation.

Alternative to Thesis:

As mentioned in the study scheme, students can enroll two courses (Given below) as an alternative to thesis which is not compulsory to enroll.

Alternate Courses of Thesis

BT201 Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution-II
BT401 Genetic Resources & Conservation

Award of Degree:

For the award of M.Sc. Zoology degree, a student is required to complete at least 61-credit hours course work and 06 credit hours thesis research with minimum CGPA of 2.0 out of 4.

Fee Structure

Click here  to View Fee Structure


  • The courses may be revised time to time as a result of continuous review to bring them at par with courses from being taught at top-class foreign universities. While reviewing the courses, needs of local industry and job market are also given full consideration.
  • The University reserves the right to change fee structure from time to time.